Being a junior lawyer is hard enough without worrying about whether a robot will steal your job. This certainly appeared to be a pressing concern among the 300-plus solicitors who attended a recent Law Society conference on robots and lawyers.
But Obiter hopes they will be reassured to hear Mark Edwards, head of technology-enabled legal brand Rocket Lawyer, predict that robot lawyers won’t be a reality any time soon.
Debating whether artificial intelligence will fail to have a radical impact on the legal profession at a separate event, the Rocket Lawyer chief was pitted against IBM director of emerging technology Peter Waggett, a former rocket scientist. We’ll still need ‘human lawyers’ for now, Edwards reckons – as to ‘inhuman’ lawyers, he failed to express a view.